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adding chicks to exisitng flock?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by epeloquin, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. epeloquin

    epeloquin Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    Western Massachusetts
    I am wondering if it is possible to add chicks to an existing flock. I have six chickens right now. They were all raised by us from day old so the pecking order is not particularly violent. Flogging and chest bumping virtually never happens. Sometimes my alpha hen will grab one of the others by the comb or wattle for a few seconds but that is the worst f it.

    Anyway, I would like to add two more chickens. I might have someone who I can get a couple hens from. If I can't I am wondering if anyone knows if it is possible to integrate chicks into an existing flock like mine.

  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    It is. But you should quarantine the new chickens for a few weeks to make sure they do not carry anything that could harm your hens. Deworm them and dust for mites as a precaution.
    To make the integration easier you can keep them within sight of your flock so they can see each other and get used to each other before getting in touch, so to speak.
    Some pecking and bullying should be expected, while they sort out the new pecking order, but unless they draw blood, leave them to sort themselves out.

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